It all started back in 2008 when Liquid Box sponsored the South Carolina Stingray hockey team, who won the national championship that year. While I sat in the seats watching the games that season, I was thinking how Liquid Box could help to interact with the crowd while also finding a fun and interactive way to involve local children in the games.
After spending hours penning down numerous ideas, the idea that kept sticking out was to build a souped-up, hotrod zamboni. Now by souped up, I mean installing a widescreen t.v., huge stero system, smoke machine, and 22 inch chrome rims complete with seats for the fans to ride in! Friends and family might have said my idea was crazy, but I was determined to make this dream a reality!
The process of searching for a zamboni was at times rough and time consuming, but after four months, voila! Zamboni found! There it was, sitting on a car lot in Philadelphia, with our name on it. Now that, my friends, is a miracle, as is the fact that my wife decided to stay married to me as I pulled my new purchase into the driveway. I like to think that all of the yelling and questions from my wife were really just her way of saying, “Great job, honey! I’m so thrilled you did this,” …or not.
Soon thereafter, we began the deconstruction and design process with the tremendous help of many good friends and businesses. I could spend hours talking about everything that went wrong building this machine, but I perfer not to relive those moments…it is too painful. Rebuilding the motor was tough, so tough that when it was rebuilt and installed it wouldn’t turn over. Great news. I decided the best option was to buy a second zamboni and switch the motor out. Buying that second zamboni wasn’t as bad as the first one, and my wife even felt a little sorry for me about the trouble we’d had during the project. This time I only got the silent treatment, which honestly was pretty nice.
The zamboni was built with the help of many people and companies joining the effort, such as Deer Run Unlimited Welding and Metal Fabrication, Bryant Signs,Bouchilon, Wicked Concepts, and Liquid Box. There were a lot of setbacks and issues that came up during this project that could have ended it anytime. We truly believe it was God’s intention for us to do good by producing this machine to give children in need a new and memorable experience, and to also promote a great Christian station WAY 100.9 f.m. that reaches out to the younger community in Charleston, SC, and other parts of America.
Who knows what is next, maybe a machine that drives around and shoots out a hot dog at 200mph for the RiverDog’s baseball team, or something fun for the Charleston Battery soccer fans. Liquid Box’s newest project is working on taking a certified car to the Bonneville Salt Flats to run flat out, possibly adding a blower motor to the engine just to speed things up…a little.
Until next time,